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UEA encourages youngsters to think of a career in sport

Schoolchildren take part in sporting activities

Students from nine Norfolk schools and colleges visited the University of East Anglia (UEA) on Thursday 9 February to take part in a brand new sports careers day and explore the diverse range of opportunities available in the sporting sector.

“A Sporting Future for All” was held at the Sportspark and welcomed speakers from a variety of disciplines to discuss subjects including sports rehabilitation, marketing and communications, sports policy and public health and coaching.

“This exciting new initiative came about as part of an employability programme for undergraduates, when we saw the opportunity to extend it to local schools and colleges as part of our Outreach activities,” said UEA Outreach Officer Lauren Starkey. “Students attended a series of interactive seminars and talks, with the aim of inspiring them to think about a career in sport or physical education through studying a sports-related subject at university level.”

Students were also encouraged to participate in taster sessions for a number of different sports, including a shot-put masterclass with GB star Sophie Mckinna, powerhooping and wheelchair basketball. More than 40 UEA undergraduates also contributed to the day and talked to the students about their courses, experience and future ambitions.

“Outreach is committed to raising aspirations and widening participation within higher education from underrepresented groups,” added Lauren. “Events like this are always a huge success with students because it better informs them about their future opportunities and gives them a goal to work towards.”

Student feedback about the event was very positive. Comments included: “I valued the insight into different careers in sport and the experience needed,”  “It was helpful to gain information about a career in sport,” and “I enjoyed learning about what uni is really like.”